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Free Tours at Melrose  

Apr/23/2011 - Apr/24/2011
Location: Melrose


As part of this year’s National Park Week Celebration, Natchez National Historical Park will waive Melrose tour fees on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. National Park Week is an annual presidentially proclaimed recognition of our National Parks which belong to everyone. Melrose house tours are available every hour on the top of the hour with the first tour beginning at 10:00 am and the last tour departing at 4:00 pm.

This year’s theme — Healthy Parks, Healthy People — highlights youth programs and initiatives offered by the National Park Service to encourage all Americans to participate in First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Outdoors” program promoting an active, outdoor lifestyle while enjoying the history and scenery of our national parks. In addition, the Junior Ranger program offered at national parks around the country encourages America’s youth to explore, protect, and learn about our National Parks.

Children ages 6 to 12 are encouraged to stop by Melrose or the William Johnson House to pick up a Junior Ranger booklet. After exploring the park and filling out the booklet, they may return it to any Park Ranger and become an official Junior Ranger receiving a badge and certificate. In addition, the Junior Ranger Gazette Magazines are available to anyone!

The William Johnson House, located at 210 State Street, is a free site open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Although William Johnson was born a slave, he was freed at age eleven and later became a successful businessman, slaveholder, and diarist in Natchez. Visitors to the site will be able to see the actual family home furnished with many of the families original furnishings, listen to Johnson’s diary entries, view a variety of interactive exhibits in the visitor center, and shop in the park’s bookstore.

In addition to tour fees waived at Melrose during the closing weekend of National Park Week visitors can visit more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees during the entire week free of charge. For a list of National Park Week and Junior Ranger Day activities at many other National Parks around the country, please visit You may also call 601-446-5790 or visit under “Schedule of Events” for more information on upcoming activities scheduled at Natchez National Historical Park.

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Contact: Melrose
Phone: 601-446-5790

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